Woz: Don’t trust the government with your privacy

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Steve Wozniak believes that Apple's 100 percent in the right.
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Steve Wozniak may not have been directly involved with Apple for years, but there’s no doubting where his allegiances lie concerning the current Apple vs. FBI skirmish concerning whether or not Apple should help unlock the iPhone at the heart of a criminal investigation.

Speaking with CNET, Woz made clear his opinion that, “You can’t trust who is in power,” and argues that, “Terrorism is just a phony word being used” to try and justify the potential unwarranted snooping in our lives.

“I’m talking about the general case that goes much deeper than this case,” Woz continued. “And that is the FBI wants a permanent backdoor built in. And I just think that’s wrong.”

Woz does, however, say that he has a sneaking suspicion that Apple will eventually (unfortunately) capitulate to the courts.

“My hunch is yes,” he admitted. “But I don’t know. I don’t know. I mean, if I were there I might fight it quite vigilantly.”

Given Woz’s anti-authoriritarian stance has existed since before he created the Apple I, it’s no great surprise to hear what he has to say about one of the biggest tech stories in the year. He’s far from alone in thinking this way, too. Both Microsoft and Google have offered support of Apple, alongside other tech heavy-hitters like WhatsApp’s Jan Koum.

Do you think Steve Wozniak’s prediction is likely to come true? Leave your comments below.

Source: CNET

 

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